MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) â€”Â Potato farmers in Skagit County in Washington State suffered big losses after they were unable to harvest some of their crops.
Farmers were unable to harvest an estimated 3 square miles of potatoes in the fall, with losses valued between $5 million and $10 million, The Skagit Valley Herald reported.
Don McMoran of the Washington State University Skagit County Extension said farmers often do not harvest some land each season, but a loss of that size is rare. Farmers are also worried about the condition of potatoes they harvested that are sitting in storage, McMoran said.
â€œWhen you harvest under wet conditions, youâ€™re going to have the potential for more disease concerns,â€ he said.
Potatoes are Skagit Countyâ€™s most valuable crop, bringing in about $60 million to growers annually, according to extension statistics.
Darrin Morrison of Morrison Farms south of Mount Vernon said an unusually wet September and a storm that dumped up to 2 inches of rain in a few days was a setback for growers. â€œIt saturated the soil and we didnâ€™t have a cushion to take normal rains we getâ€ later in the fall, Morrison said.
Source: The Skagit Valley Herald